Cameron Silver is the current Fashion Director of the H by Halston brand and the founder and co-owner of Decades, a vintage couture boutique in Los Angeles, California. He redesigned the Halston brand for the modern age, and his collection showcases easy knits, layered mesh-like cocktail dresses, and rugged motorcycle jackets. You can see how I styled my H by Halston dress here.
I had the amazing opportunity to meet Cameron in person at the Lord & Taylor X Halston Style #DoGoodShopSmart event in Stamford, CT a few weeks ago. During the event he discussed his new line, holiday trends, and why he launched exclusively at Lord & Taylor. I managed to sneak in a few minutes of Cameron’s time to ask him a few questions about business. He was such a pleasure to talk to (literally had me laughing mid way through our conversation) and had a wealth of knowledge to share with me during our brief interview. I tried to keep up the best I could, but there were several moments when the I would stop writing mid-way as I got caught up on a topic were were discussing. I hope you enjoy nonetheless!
What are three pieces of advice for those interested in starting a business in the fashion industry?
- Be nice, it goes a long way
- Be accessible
- Be meticulous in EVERY aspect of your business
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve received?
“It doesn’t get better, it gets worse.” Meaning issues and problems in business and life don’t ever stop, they just keep coming in various ways. It’s all about how your perceive problems, your attitude and how you decide to move forward and tackle them.
What is your best piece of fashion advice?
Knowing what you already have in your closet, makes it easier to be able to shop intelligently.
What traits do you feel it takes to be successful today in the fashion industry?
You have to be innovative. It’s also important to be exclusive and inclusive at the same time.
What habits have you developed to help you continue to manage and manage in your roles in life and business?
- Responding to e-mails in a timely matter
- Remembering to make “me time”. Self care is so important and if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t give to others.
- Time management
- Being ON TIME
To learn more and keep up with what’s new with Cameron, visit his site here.
What did you take away from this interview?